Elections Between One Candidate?

The photo on the right shows an announcement by the rector of the Novosibirsk State Pedagogical University to the students. The first sentence reads:

Dear students,

On March 4, 2012 we will have elections for the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin. . . .

Hmmm. As of now, Putin is only the Prime Minister of Russia. He is one of the candidates for President in the next elections. There are others as well. The elections are about a month away.

But the rector knows who the elections are for.

One of the FB comments in Russian under the photo said, with the typical dark humor born and refined in the years of Communism: “If you are electing another person, you are not voting in the same elections, apparently.”

Ha ha. Funny, right? These things happen in Russia. They know in advance who is going to win.

Not only in Russia. Here in the US too.

For example, Newsmax knew 2 days in advance that Romney will win the Nevada caucuses. The article was published online on February 2, and then pulled out quickly. Then it was republished 2 days later under a new date. Even with the changed date, the time of the article, 8:40pm in Florida (6:40pm in Nevada), makes it impossible for anyone to know if Romney won. (The first results started coming at 7pm.)

The article claims that the caucus in Nevada was “quiet.” But there was nothing quiet about it in reality. The article mentions nothing about the broadcasted vote count at the Adelson precinct in Clark County. While it says that Romney won (past tense), the article gives no specific numbers. Also, when it lists the number of delegates each of the candidates has so far, the number given to Ron Paul is 4. A very serious mistake. (Ron Paul won 7 delegates in Iowa, and 3 in New Hampshire.)

In reality, what Newsmax did was no different from the announcement of the Russian rector above: “In two days, the Nevada GOP will be voting for the candidate for Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. If you are voting for another person, you are not participating in the same caucus.” Typical Communist tactics. Newsmax should change its name to News Marx.

One question remains: How did they know? How did Newsmax know that Romney will win, 2 days in advance? How did CNN and FOX News know that Romney was the winner when the screen was showing that only 4% percent of the votes were counted?

And why does the Nevada GOP refuse to release the full and detailed vote count, precinct by precinct? Could it be because then the caucus-goers at every precinct will be able to see that the numbers are incorrect?

Apparently, the GOP leadership wants us to elect between one candidate; just as it was in the Soviet Union. The caucus is just for the show; in reality, it is what the Party decides.

But the GOP misses the fact that this is not 1932, and this is not the USSR. And we have Internet now. Times have changed, and “business as usual” can’t fly anymore.